Cities are complex systems. The components of urban systems, from food distribution networks and energy grids to transport and greenways, are interconnected and dynamic. Intervening to create change in any one of these components may impact others, creating systemic change. Designing solutions that take these interconnections into account is critical to sustainable development.
The five ICLEI pathways towards low emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient and circular development are designed to create systemic change. When these pathways guide local and regional development, urban systems becomes more sustainable. The pathways provide provide a framework for designing integrated solutions that balance the patterns of human life and the built and natural environments. They encourage holistic thinking. For instance, working together, the local and regional governments and global experts of ICLEI consider how nature-based development contributes to resilience, or how to bring equity into low emission development.
We design our work to integrate as many pathways as possible. Each individual pathway is multidimensional, incorporating numerous strategies for sustainable development. When more pathways are integrated into any given activity, such as a project, partnership or initiative, a greater degree of change can occur. Often, our activities are guided by a predominant pathway or set of pathways. In any given city or region, multiple activities may be implemented along each pathway.
This searchable digital collection of our activities worldwide includes technical resources, including digital platforms, methodologies and tools, as well as networks, projects, programs, partnerships, events and initiatives that guide action along the pathways, spark new partnerships and create city-to-city and city-to-region connections.
Each entry in this digital collection is marked with predominant pathways, keywords and related Sustainable Development Goals.
We support the development frameworks and tools to guide urban governance on the food-water-energy nexus, delivering innovative solutions to mitigate climate change and biodiversity loss, while advancing development goals from food security to job creation across cities worldwide. (8 cities: Africa, South America, Southeast Asia)
We advance sustainable island and island urban development, with a specific focus on resilience and systems planning, coastal fisheries management, ecosystems services, post-disaster recovery and sustainable tourism, by leveraging innovative financing solutions and twinning island cities with shoreline cities and regions that deliver globally scalable solutions. (globally)
We provide accessible, timely, applicable and defensible climate information to empower decision makers to develop urban and rural plans, investments and infrastructure towards more climate resilience in Africa. (9 cities: Africa)
We educate homeowners and residents on the impacts of natural hazards and extreme weather, and how to prepare for these events, through an innovative mobile app. (globally)
We facilitate integrated resource management across the water, food and energy sectors in Southeast Asia through concrete pilot projects, following supportive, inclusive development principles. (4 cities: Southeast Asia)
ICLEI advances global dialogue and action that links science, policy and practice, by convening city leaders and practitioners with research and academia, national governments and entrepreneurs to examine policy gaps and opportunities, ultimately supporting the global Innovate4Cities accelerator that defines research and innovation priorities to inform national research agendas and analyses - as galvanized by the Edmonton Declaration in support of CitiesIPCC process. (globally)
We are a founding partner of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy and support cities and other subnational governments in complying with the climate commitment process, enabling them to make unique commitments and take action within their local context, in ways and at a pace that are appropriate to address their prioritized development actions and fitted to their means and aspirations. (globally)
We run a network of European public authorities to connect, exchange and guide the implementation of sustainable and innovative public procurement. (50 cities and regions: Europe)
We facilitate peer-to-peer exchange, learning events and webinars and opportunities to engage in global fora for local governments participating in the Global Platform for Sustainable Cities. (28 cities: Africa, Latin America & Caribbean, South America, South Asia, Southeast Asia)
We enhance strategic planning, networking, coordination, advocacy and dissemination activities by the Global Task Force of Local and Regional Governments as part of its relations to United Nations member states and decision making bodies. (globally)